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September 9, 2013

Geisinger Health System and Holy Spirit Health System sign letter of intent to pursue affiliation

Geisinger Health System (GHS), Danville, Pa., and Holy Spirit Health System, Camp Hill, Pa., announced today the signing of a letter of intent to explore ways the healthcare organizations can work together to benefit healthcare in south central Pennsylvania.

The signing of the letter of intent enables each organization to investigate in greater detail the opportunities to affiliate. The due diligence and approval process is expected to take six to nine months.

“This is an important time in our 50-year history as we plan for our future,” said Sister Romaine Niemeyer, SCC, FACHE, Holy Spirit Health System President and Chief Executive Officer. “The Sisters of Christian Charity, in their sponsorship role, and the board of directors are committed to ensuring the mission-driven Catholic identity of Holy Spirit Health System.”

“Healthcare continues to evolve not only in south central Pennsylvania, but throughout the United States, and we are always open to exploring ways to improve care and best serve the community,” said Geisinger Health System President and Chief Executive Officer Glenn Steele, Jr., MD, PhD. “Forward thinking organizations such as Holy Spirit and Geisinger proactively work toward enhancing care, and that is what we are now considering together.”

The two organizations are recognized for quality care, advanced technology, operational strength and extraordinary physicians and employees, all of which represent the necessary resources to create an even more accessible, efficient and effective healthcare delivery system for the region. In addition, Holy Spirit participates in the Geisinger Health Plan provider network.

“Our focus has always been to deliver innovative and collaborative medical services to the community, especially as healthcare reform has rapidly changed how care is insured, funded and delivered,” said Sister Romaine. “Geisinger brings a proven record of similar successful ventures, an affiliated insurance plan and nationally acclaimed patient-centered care to complement Holy Spirit’s strong presence in the greater Harrisburg area, and the reputation for both quality and caring.”

“Over the past 50 years, Holy Spirit has earned accolades for providing high quality, compassionate care and has established itself as an integral part of the Camp Hill and Harrisburg community,” said Dr. Steele. “We welcome this opportunity to study the possibilities of working together.”

The organizations share a number of awards including Health Care’s Most Wired hospitals and health systems, Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers, American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet Recognition, “A” Hospital Safety Scores by The Leapfrog Group, Joint Commission Accreditation/Recognition, 100 Great Places to Work in Healthcare by Becker’s Hospital Review, and Blue Centers of Distinction for cardiac care, spine surgery, knee and hip replacement.

About Geisinger Health System
Geisinger Health System is an integrated health services organization widely recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health record, and the development of innovative care models such as ProvenHealth Navigator® and ProvenCare®. As the nation’s largest rural health services organization, Geisinger serves more than 2.6 million residents throughout 44 counties in central and northeastern Pennsylvania. The physician-led system is comprised of more than 19,000 employees, including a 1,000-member multi-specialty group practice, six hospital campuses, two research centers and a 413,000-member health plan, all of which leverage an estimated $6.1 billion positive impact on the Pennsylvania economy. The health system and the health plan have repeatedly garnered national accolades for integration, quality and service. In addition to fulfilling its patient care mission, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit or follow the latest Geisinger news and more on Twitter and Facebook.

About Holy Spirit Health System
Holy Spirit Health System is a strong and growing healthcare provider serving south central Pennsylvania. Holy Spirit includes its flagship Holy Spirit Hospital, a 315-bed Joint Commission accredited acute care facility located in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. The health system has more than 2,900 employees and more than 500 physicians on its hospital medical staff. The health system provides a comprehensive array of both inpatient and outpatient services across the continuum of care, including acute care, home health, emergency medical services, physician practices, and a host of outpatient facilities located throughout south central Pennsylvania. For more information, visit, or follow Holy Spirit on Twitter and Facebook.